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Darron Gibson will play for Salford City

Darron Gibson will play for Salford City

Darron Gibson will play for Salford City

Nine months after he last kicked a ball, forgotten man Darron Gibson is back in the game after he signed up with the Class of '92 at Salford City.

And the Ireland international, still only 32, says he hopes to drive the side on towards promotion to League One this season.

Gibson had been without a club since he was released by Wigan Athletic at the end of last season.

And after a spell on trial with Salford, he has agreed a deal until the end of the season, joining compatriots Adam Rooney and Richie Towell at the club.

Salford are owned by his one-time Manchester United team-mates Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs.

Gibson had struggled to find a club after his Wigan exit, but the League Two outfit feel that the Derry native can add something to their promotion push.

"I am looking forward to it, it's a new challenge," Gibson said.

"But I like where the club is headed, pushing for promotion, and I am looking forward to getting involved.

"It's a challenge for the club but a challenge for me personally as well as I've not played for a while.

"From what I can gather, the standard has been very good in training.

"I have been to a few games and the standard's been very good so I am looking forward to building up my fitness and getting involved as soon as I can," he added.

Gibson made 94 Premier League appearances, initially for United alongside current bosses like Scholes and Giggs, and later played in the top flight for Everton and Sunderland.

He was sacked by Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge in 2018. He avoided jail but was given a two-year community order and banned from driving for 40 months.

Salford, unbeaten in seven games, could hand Gibson a debut at home to Crawley Town tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Anthony Stokes has made his debut for Iranian club Persepolis.

The Dubliner last week completed his move to the Tehran outfit, after a spell in the Turkish second tier, and he was called from the bench in the second half of a 2-2 draw at home to Esteghlal last night.

"He was lacking fitness and he only had a couple of training sessions, it takes a few weeks to get to the ideal level and he will help us in the future," their manager Yayha Golmohammadi said.

Another Irish player trying to make a comeback in his 30s is Aiden McGeady, who could feature for Championship side Charlton this weekend.

Signed from Sunderland just before the transfer window closed, McGeady was an unused sub for last week's win over Barnsley and he is eyeing a role away to Stoke City tomorrow.

Manager Lee Bowyer feels there is more to come from the 32-year-old, despite the fact that his time at Sunderland ended on bad terms.

"McGeady is a great player. Whatever has gone on in the past is gone and it is nothing to do with me," Bowyer said.

"My job now is to get him back to where we know he can be.

"He scores goals and makes assists and I'm delighted that he's in our squad.

"He brings us something different," added Bowyer.

McGeady was told by Sunderland he could leave, despite having six months left on his contract, after a falling-out with the Black Cats manager, Phil Parkinson.

He scored six goals in 21 games for Sunderland in the first half of the season.